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Here are German and Austrian Rieslings available in the Washington area market, including dry wines and some with a touch of sweetness. Don’t be shy about trying both.
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Mosel, Germany, $17
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Rodman’s; on the list at Rasika (Penn Quarter, West End). Available in Maryland at Georgetown Square Wine & Beer in Bethesda, Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Dominion Wine and Beer, German Gourmet and Merrifield Wine & Beer in Falls Church.
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Traisental, Austria, $18
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Arrowine & Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, P&C Market, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at German Gourmet in Falls Church, Swirl & Sip in Fairfax.
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Mosel, Germany, $22
This wine exemplifies Riesling’s conundrum: It has perceptible sweetness, but the sugar is balanced by acidity, which renders the wine fruity and refreshing. Try it with moderately spicy foods, because the heat of the peppers will make the wine taste drier. ABV: 9 percent.
Kysela: Available in the District at Magruder’s. Available in Maryland at Antietam Spirits in Boonsboro, C&R Liquors in Hagerstown. Available in Virginia at Airlie Center in Warrenton, Aldie Peddler, Norm’s Beer & Wine and Vienna Vintner in Vienna, Throx Country Store in Winchester, Vino Volo in Tysons Corner, Wegmans (Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Gainesville, Sterling, Woodbridge), Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Fairfax, Vienna).
Rheingau, Germany, $25
Robert Weil also makes an excellent Trocken, offering us an ideal opportunity to compare dry and off-dry styles of Riesling from the same producer. The Tradition is only modestly sweet (or fruity, as German winemakers describe it) and, in my opinion, is better balanced to pair with food, especially anything with spicy heat, such as Indian or Southeast Asian cuisine. ABV: 10 percent.
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Arrowine & Spirits, P&C Market; on the list at Le Diplomate. Available in Maryland at Bin 201 Wine Sellers in Annapolis, Bin 604 Wine Sellers in Baltimore; on the list at Volt in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Arrowine & Cheese in Arlington, Unwined (Belleview).
Pfalz, Germany, $14
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Rodman’s, Whole Foods Market (P Street). Available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Old Town Market in Kensington; on the list at Schmankerl Stube in Hagerstown. Available in Virginia at Cheesetique, Crystal City Wine Shop (both locations), German Gourmet in Falls Church.